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691  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: May 01, 2008, 01:41:41 PM
I read Blade of the Immortal. Incredible for quite awhile. Then it kills itself by running into a brick wall of bad pacing with merely a 'ok' story that goes on far, far longer than it has a right to.
692  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Death Note sucks on: April 15, 2008, 06:20:28 AM
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I'm also becoming a little bored with the story. It seemed like Light had won and the story was almost over and then more drama.


Although I don't know if it's true I've heard people say the death of L was supposed to be the end of the series and the author just got roped into continuing it. It'd certainly make sense given the decline in quality. Not just with Near and Mello being crappy(Though they were), but killing people just became par for course. No drama or shock value to it. Or rather, you're pretty much desensitized to by this point.

Although I loved Light flipping out at the very end, it should have ended with L.
693  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Battlestar Season 4 on: April 06, 2008, 02:51:40 PM
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Though the scene with Baltar getting his throat cut open(Next best thing ot a airlock) and asking to die was pretty awesome...not sure if a redeemed Baltar is the way I want to see them take the character. Selfish ass who's in way over his head is where he shines.
694  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: March 31, 2008, 08:26:30 PM
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I wouldn't say "the definition of broken" really, BLMs and BLUs have been doing that for years.


I remember going up on that 40 cap floating island in tavnazia and soloing those hippogriffs that parties always say to stay the hell away from on blu. I think I took on some dragons up there too. Scary, but awesome fights.

Job even had me level a whm sub. That's how good it was :P
695  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamestop? Mo' liek, Gamegestapo! Or, "The Game Stops He on: March 16, 2008, 10:42:22 AM
Gamestop can do you worst than putting a sticker on your box. I remember ordering one of the old PS1 Tales of.. games that I couldn't find anywhere else used from them. It was a multi disc game and they just sent me disc one. I explained things in a email and sent it back. Twice. Both times they just sent me one disc again. Third time they realized their mistake, but didn't have enough complete copies of the game and said they'd sent it when they had it(Refund offered, but after all this hassle I was going to get my game).

 Long having forgotten about it, I finally got my game. One year later.
696  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: March 13, 2008, 05:00:18 PM
Curiosity getting the best of me and checking details on KI I have to vote retaliation the most badass ability with no point whatsoever. A huge tanking damage/hate increase..to a job that can't take a hit :P
697  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / For everyone who once said, "FFXI sucks, you can't solo on: February 23, 2008, 06:44:35 PM
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Obviously, some battles such as Fafnir/Nidhogg are simple matters of "stand on his feet and don't Spike Flail it," but not every HNM falls under that category. Kirin was a kited battle for *years* and still is.


Kited fights were one of FFXI's big failures though. They were basically a big 'fuck you' to the melee dps, who had trouble getting a hit off on them even when they were riding the bosses ass do to latency.
698  The Rest / General Discussions / This thread is a candidate for jihad! on: February 17, 2008, 06:36:16 PM
I think if I were the guy who made that I think the last thing I'd want is it reprinted, particularly after a plot against my life was just foiled.
699  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 23, 2008, 05:11:47 AM
I am Legend. I loved it. I'm not sure how it came to pass, but Will Smith can act and totally sold it for me. And..

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While you know full well what's going to happen to the dog before the movie even starts, it still made me want to cry like a girl.
700  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Guilty pleasures (the movie/TV edition)... on: January 15, 2008, 02:27:06 PM
I guess anime doesn't count over the annominity of the interweb so I'll go with the fact that I've started watching pro wrestling again recently. I am more selective than I used to be though and torrent it instead of watching it on tv because for every good match or awesome stunt( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3FUFSDPd3E ) there's two slow uncharismatic wrestlers and 3 horrible backstage skits to fast forward through.
701  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs with multiple protagonists/points of view on: January 13, 2008, 01:55:50 AM
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i wonder where there are multiple points of view in tales of legendia ...


It didn't shift perspective directly, but after the main story each character did have a chapter dedicated to them. Storywise this was actually pretty cool. The gameplay, which you're probably tired of by that point anyway, gets absolutely frustrating in these chapters though so I can't recomend the game. Every time you get into a random encounter running through dungeons you already ran through in the main game you'll want to punch a kitten because the enemies, while not hard, just have way too much health for what's supposed to be a fast paced battle system.
702  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 09, 2008, 04:07:01 PM
I think the best villains are sympathetic ones. But at the same time, if you try and play the sympathy card and don't deliver the results are horrible and you end up with the worst. So on that note, I'd say the worst of them is Alfina's brother in grandia III. I can't go into great detail because honestly I don't remember the plot that well. But I remember the game really wanted me to give a fuck about him and I just couldn't. And the more they tried without backing it up with any substance the more and more annoyed I got.

 For heroes. Well, I want to say all the Wesley Crusher's of the RPG world:The kids that just don't belong there. But while I want to give the award to one of the Tidus' or Vaans, they aren't the worst.

 The worst is Virginia Maxwell. You just can't put a female as the lead character and then give her every weak jrpg female trait. It's bad enough as a supporting character, but as the leader it just does not work. At all.
703  Media / Single-Player RPGs / RPGs with multiple protagonists/points of view on: January 04, 2008, 11:11:18 PM
I'm going to second a recomendation for odin sphere.

 Other than that the only games offhand I'd recomend you played already with Suikoden III and BoF4. For sake of discussion, while I can't in any fairness recomend a dated NES game, back in the day I loved when dragon quest 4 did it.

 I've loved the concept since DQ4, but often times when games try it they do it for the wrong reason, to make a short game longer, playing through what you've already played through on a new character. And typing this I realize Odin Sphere is guilty of this. But Odin Sphere also does it for the RIGHT reasons, to enrich the story and characters.
704  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Japanese games worth importing.. on: January 03, 2008, 10:41:20 AM
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Hey shiguma do you know of any good place or page where I could start learning? I only plan to reach the be able to read level thought....


I THINK previously he's said if you really want to learn you have to take classes. And even if it wasn't him who said it, it's still probably the case :P
705  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of Vesperia on: December 31, 2007, 12:50:28 AM
Tales of legendia really made me thing the series was dead at the time. Though I knew part of it was that it was a bad game I also questioned if some of it was just things getting old. I almost didn't get abyss, but a few months after release it had people saying good things about it and I very reluctently got it. And I really liked the game. Sure the series has it's cliches, but the gameplay's fun and the characters as a whole are likeable and the way they interact with each other gives them heart.(Though they can be so silly I wouldn't want someone watching me play. But deep down I like the quirkyness)

 I think as long as they have the sense to port the good ones and not touch the outsourced crap anymore the series still has some life in the US.
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